Painter, Basalt, CO
Richard Carter came to Aspen in 1971 after graduating from Villanova University. A self-trained artist, Carter was drawn to Aspen and the West by the inspirational landscape, the vibrant art scene, and a chance to develop a creative life in the dynamic, spirited community of 1970s Aspen.
Carter soon met the Bauhaus master Herbert Bayer and became his studio assistant. From 1972 into 1978, Carter worked with Bayer in the production of prints, architectural design, sculpture, tapestries, carpets, murals, and especially paintings. At the same time Carter established his own career as a painter with representation in local and national exhibitions. As a natural outgrowth of his design experience with Bayer, Carter later pursued a second career as a production designer for film. While Carter’s art and design are unmistakably his own, they carry forward the legacy of Bayer and the Bauhaus.
Carter was and remains involved in numerous community arts organizations. He was a co-founder of the Aspen Art Museum; he served as president of the Aspen Community School board; he was instrumental in starting the Art Auction at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and sat on its board. He also served on the ArtBase board and is currently on the board of The Arts Campus at Willits.
Painter, Carbondale, CO
Dave grew up in Aspen. The Durrance family arrived in 1947 when Dave was two. While he is more widely known for his various roles in skiing as a racer, coach, and retailer, he began studying art in high school. He earned a BFA in painting at the University of Denver in 1968. That summer he had a one-man show at the Wooden Horse Gallery in the mid-valley. Growing up in Aspen in the 1950’s and ‘60s he couldn’t help being influenced by the work of Herbert Bayer, and through him the work of other Bauhaus artists.
Dave continued painting when he could, rarely showing for the next forty years. He has recently returned to painting full time and has participated in numerous group shows throughout the valley for the last ten years. Dave has been included in shows at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, The Aspen Chapel Gallery, LivAspenArt in Aspen, and the Aspen Art Museum, as well as at the Launchpad in Carbondale. He has had several one-man shows at Bonfire in Carbondale, and at Anderson Ranch.
Dave works at his studio in the Third Street Center in Carbondale, and has studied at Anderson Ranch, CMC and Carbondale Arts.
Brad Reed Nelson (curator of the furniture works)
Furniture maker, Carbondale, CO
Brad Reed Nelson grew up in North Carolina, one of the capitals of American furniture. His father was a shop teacher before becoming an electrical engineer at General Eclectic. He made his first side table, with his father when he was 8 years old, and has never stopped being a maker.
He combines architecture, nature, history, contemporary culture and engineering to create furniture, accent pieces, product design, sculpture and interior space design. His focus is problem solving. He enjoys being an inventor, a mad scientist thinking of solutions for our modern problems of space, resources as well as experimenting with unique materials and processes. He has a hands-on approach dictating that whatever he may be creating, it must first work with the body, not just be beautiful to the eye. He has stated that his most successful ideas come while riding his bicycle on the trails of his hometown.
Brad Reed Nelson received his MFA in sculpture from Arizona State University. He founded Board by Design, a functional design company in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Brad has taught many intensives at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Brad was included in the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Dwell in Design, and the New York Gift Show. His work has been featured in many publications, such as Woodworker’s Journal, American Craft, The Penland Book of Woodworking, Boston Globe, Aspen Peak Magazine, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Sojourner, Dwell, Los Angeles Times and Elle Decor.
Furniture maker, Alameda, CA
Russell Baldon grew up in the central valley of California where he designed and built wooden toys for his family-owned company. Upon moving to San Francisco in 1984, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in furniture from the California College of Arts and Crafts (pre-name change.) He went on to receive a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in furniture from San Diego State University in 1997. Along the way he has studied and worked with some of the nation’s leading furniture makers including: Garry Knox Bennett, Gail Fredell, Wendy Maruyama, and Tom Loeser. His own work expresses his belief that the elements of wonder are a basic component of what makes us human and stand at the core of our relationship to each and everything in our lives.
Since 2002, Russell has taught in the furniture program at California College of the Arts and has served as the chair of the program since 2009. He has also had the honor of teaching at Laney College’s Wood Technology Program (Oakland, CA), Haystack School of Craft (Deer Isle, ME), Penland School of Crafts (Spruce Pine, NC), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO), San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts (Portland, OR). His work has been included in group exhibitions in California at the Oakland Museum of California,, Laguna Art Museum, Fort Mason Center, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, and internationally including the Saskatchewan Crafts Council (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada) and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Canberra, Australia.
Furniture maker, Pembroke, NH
Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines contemporary design, craft, and sculpture creating objects that alter expectations of and interface with our domestic landscape. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MFA Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design and the cities of Portland ME, Cambridge MA and Arlington VA. She holds a Master’s degree in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, has held many residencies including Penland School, Museum of Glass, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and was recently named a 2017 USA fellow.
Furniture maker, Honeoye Falls, NY
Andy Buck is an American furniture maker and artist who lives and works in upstate New York. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA 1993) and Virginia Commonwealth University (BA 1987), his work brings together traditional craftsmanship, investigations in form, and richly painted surfaces. Andy spent much of his youth living in Geneva, Switzerland while his father, an expert in tropical medicine, worked for the World Health Organization. Immersed in an international environment, Buck gained an appreciation for multiculturalism and was first exposed to the many cultural and geographical wonders of the world. Inspired first by African and Oceanic artifacts through his father’s frequent travels, his fascination with unique artistic perspectives and global interpretations of the natural world has guided his creative practice as a furniture designer and artist. An active maker for more than 25 years, Andy Buck has presented his work in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States. Bringing together traditional craftsmanship, investigations in form, pattern, and colorful painted surfaces, his work of furniture and sculpture is included in both public and private collections. Based in Upstate New York, Buck maintains a studio and leads the Woodworking and Furniture Design program at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he has been teaching for the last 19 years.
Furniture maker, Madison, WI
Tom Loeser (Madison, Wisconsin) was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1956. Loeser served as Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art from 2009-2014 and has been head of the wood/furniture area at UW-Madison since 1991. He holds a BA from Haverford College (1979), a BFA from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry (1983) and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (1992).
Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects that are often carved and painted and always draw inspiration from the history of design and object making. In 1993, he spent six months in Japan on an NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. In 2003 and again in 2017, he spent six months teaching and researching in London. In addition to producing studio furniture, Loeser has also worked on a number of public commissions and site-specific installations. He collaborated with his wife, Bird Ross, on the design and fabrication of the highly kid-friendly, very interactive, and not at all traditional reception desk for the new Madison Children’s Museum. In 2013, Loeser worked with willow furniture maker Dave Chapman and built three large willow and steel pod forms that are permanently installed reading retreats in the children’s section of the new downtown public library in Madison, Wisconsin.
His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and can be found in museum collections including the Brooklyn Museum; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, and many other institutions. Loeser’s solo exhibition Please Please Please is currently traveling to three venues in California and Texas. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012.
Furniture maker, San Diego, CA
Furniture maker, artist and educator Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for 40 years. While her early work combined ideologies of feminism and traditional craft objects, her newer work moves beyond the boundaries of traditional studio craft and into the realm of social practice.
Since 1994, Maruyama has been creating works inspired by the memory of her childhood growing up as a Japanese-American, her interpretation of her ethnic heritage, and her observations of the Japanese culture, looking in from the outside. Born in La Junta, Colorado, to second-generation Japanese American parents, she has made several pilgrimages to the land of her heritage, Japan. At times reverent of Japan’s craft history and advanced technology, and appalled by Japan’s self-indulgent, materialistic and almost faceless and patriarchal society, Maruyama vacillates between creating works that both emulate and satirize that culture.
Maruyama was awarded an artist-in-residency opportunity at SUNY Purchase in Fall 2008 and during this time she immersed herself in research and historical investigation of Executive Order 9066. The Tag Project was born out of this residency. She now works full time in her studio, which is now located at Bread & Salt, an experimental center for the arts, located in the Barrio in San Diego.
Furniture maker, Philadelphia, PA
Christopher Poehlmann has been working in the grey zones between Art and Craft, Sculpture and Design, Form and Function, Less and More for nearly 30 years. Early in his career, Poehlmann re-interpreted the Hillhouse Chair by Charles Renee MacIntosh in copper pipe and pipe fittings. His copper plumbing work in the early 90's received much acclaim and not only landed him a number of solo and group exhibitions but that Hillhouse chair also introduced him to a young woman who would then become his wife. Ever since, Poehlmann has been careful about re-interpreting furniture.
As one of the early 21st Century's pioneers of Organic Modernism, Poehlmann is keenly aware of how the design world has been effected by the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus, however, played a strong role in forming Poehlmann's design ethos, often taking Mies trademark quote "less is more", sometimes throwing it out for a more is more approach, but always keeping that early Modernism close to his heart. So, caution to the wind, a reinterpretation of a Bauhaus item seems in order -- stay tuned for his wife's response to it.
Poehlmann first fell in love with design while studying photography in Austria in 1985. Discovering the early designs of the Bauhaus and Wiener Werkstatte was pivotal, along with a strong dose of mid-century Italian design. Since then, the self taught artist/designer has staged nearly 20 solo shows across the country, been involved in numerous group shows, curated half a dozen exhibitions at a variety of galleries and museums, written about design for journals, been published in nearly every design oriented publication around the globe, and has exhibited his work at trade shows for over 25 years. He has also had the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees for the Furniture Society for two terms. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children and a couple of selfish cats.
Furniture maker, Madison, WI
Sylvie Rosenthal started building at age six at the Eli Whitney Museum where she made circuses, catapults, rockets, and robots. She received her BFA from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Woodworking and Furniture Design Program in the School for American Crafts, built two houses from the ground up with her mentor Doug Sigler, and received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Sylvie has been routinely invited as a visiting artist, teacher, and researcher to many schools including San Diego State University (CA), University of Wisconsin Whitewater and Madison (WI), Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (CO), Australia National University (Canberra, Australia) and Tainan National University of the Arts (Tainan, Taiwan R.O.C.). She has shown nationally at galleries and museums such as The Fuller Craft Museum (MA), The Mint Museum (NC), and the Museum of Art and Design (NYC). Currently, Sylvie maintains a studio practice making furniture on commision, production work for sale online, and sculpture dealing with the intersecting flight patterns of the histories of trade, the intentional and unintentional transplantations that come with it, hybridity, materiality, queer theory, and the natural world. Sylvie teaches woodworking at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the Fundamentals of Construction at Madison College’s Construction and Remodeling Program. She is also on the board of trustees of CERF+, the Artists’ Safety Net. When Sylvie isn’t doing the above, you might find her on her bike, teaching woodworking to kids, or traveling somewhere.
Furniture maker, Marquette, MI
Jason Schneider is an artist and furniture maker from Michigan. He received his M.F.A. in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. For 10 years, Jason was the Studio Coordinator of the Furniture Design and Woodworking program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States, including SOFA Chicago, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, ICFF in New York, and the Center for Art and Wood in Philadelphia, PA. Jason currently teaches Furniture Design and Woodworking at Northern Michigan University.
Furniture maker, Asheville, NC
Associate Professor of Art & Art History and Public Arts and Humanities Chair at UNC Asheville, Director of Craft Studies, Advocate and Educator for the next generation of makers, Co-Founder of STEAM Studio @ the RAMP, MFA from Indiana University and BFA from Murray State University both in sculpture, current and past board service for Journeymen Asheville, the Center for Craft, and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund+, teaching for 29 years at universities and many of the craft programs across the nation.
Furniture maker, Snowmass Village, CO
Mark Tan is a studio furniture maker who received his degree in furniture design in the crafts & design program at Sheridan College in Toronto, Ontario. He is the Studio Coordinator for Furniture Design & Woodworking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has exhibited work in Canada and the United States.
With the artist's state of mind, I look at the craft of furniture making as an extension of myself. I design and make work in our society that is overcrowded with mass produced objects. My goal is to design products that are understandable and long lasting while being thorough down to the last detail.
The work I produce has to satisfy not only function, but also aesthetics. My processes yield handmade, functional furniture that incorporates wood, metal, and plastics. Each piece of wood has different inconsistencies, which make each object unique and present a natural beauty.
My ambition is to create work that has a certain energy that can bring joy to those who appreciate it as I strive to reach simplicity, form and function. Working with primarily domestic woods, the objects I create include unusual shapes that feed unusual thoughts.